In April 2010, Joyce Yeaw, who was attempting to return keys she'd borrowed from Peterson's roommate, caught a naked Peterson having sex with his dog on his bed. She called police but, somehow, Peterson was able to convince her or the responding officer that he was “just hugging his dog,” and no arrest was made. Then, two months later Yeaw again walked in on Peterson mid-dog sex, this time on his living room floor. She called the police again and Peterson was arrested.
"He was having sex with the dog, it was disgusting," Yeaw said of the encounter.
In his courtroom testimony, Peterson admitted to being "sexually aroused from accidental contact with the animal's rear," but claims that occurred as he was “just playing with the dog.”
He was sentenced on Monday to one to 15 years in prison. Judge Timothy Hicks went above state sentencing guidelines in his ruling, say Peterson posed a high risk of reoffending. “I fear for what he might do in the community,” the judge said.
If this story sounds vaguely familiar, that's because a similar situation occurred in February, when a woman in Las Vegas was caught by police having sex with her pit bull in her front yard.